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Weekend Event Guide: All-Star cycling, artistic fixies, and more

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
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Big time crit racing returns to the North Park Blocks on Sunday.
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to your menu of weekend rides and events, lovingly brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery.

If you’re looking to escape the heat this weekend, I’d recommend heading for local rivers and fountains. One great local place to access the cool waters of the Columbia is Kelly Point Park. When it comes to fountains, many city parks have them, but you can also dip in fountains downtown like Salmon Street Springs, Jamison Square, and so on.

Other than that, we’ve got some ride and events suggestions below that might whet your biking appetite…

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Don’t despair, there’s hope for better bike access downtown

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
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The Hawthorne Bridge is a fine place to ride a bike. The downtown street it leads to is not.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

As I write this, Portland police have just started a one-day enforcement of the city’s law against biking on downtown sidewalks north of Jefferson and south of Hoyt.

Here’s what a reader had to say about this on Facebook today:

mia baldwin

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Dispatch from downtown on sidewalk biking enforcement day

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
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Things got crowded earlier today at the food carts on SW 5th and Oak.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

With today’s police enforcement action targeting bicycling on downtown sidewalks, I took a few minutes to check out the action for myself.

Here are some of my thoughts…

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‘Rider Appreciation Day’ shows business support for cycling on Williams Ave

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
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Wine Up, a wine bar on Williams Ave, gave away free snacks and drinks to bicycle riders yesterday.
(Photos by J Maus/BikePortland)

What often gets lots in emotional planning meetings and divisive media headlines is that, in reality, many business owners in Portland not only support bicycling, they embrace and encourage it. Nowhere was that more evident than last night’s Rider Appreciation Day on N Williams Ave.

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State needs volunteers to count Scenic Bikeway riders

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Cool volunteer opp with Oregon Parks & Rec:

OPRD is organizing cyclist user counts along the Tualatin and Willamette Valley Bikeways and we need volunteers to help with the counts.

User count data will be collected on August 16 and 17. We are looking for volunteers to sign up for two hour slots to count cyclists. Info will be used to calculate users numbers and the economic benefits of bikeways.

Willamette Valley Locations:
– Willamette Mission State Park
– Armitage County Park

Tualatin Valley Locations:
– Rood Bridge Park
– Manning Trailhead on the Banks- Vernonia Trail

Contact Alex Phillips, State of Oregon Bicycle Recreation Specialist, (503) 986-0631 or Alex.Phillips@oregon.gov.

Job: Inventory Analyst – Chris King Precision Components – FILLED

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

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Job Title
Inventory Analyst

Company/Organization
Chris King Precision Components

Job Description
Chris King Precision Components, local manufacturer of bicycle components, is looking for an Inventory Analyst to join our Planning Department. This position schedules and revises plans to ensure efficient distribution of products to meet customer demand. Analyzes inventory levels, production speed and product demand to determine reorder levels which will ensure product availability and minimize inventory costs.

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience as well as 2 years of increasing responsibility in inventory controls. Requires intermediate to advanced Excel knowledge, experience with ERP systems and prior use of Mac computer systems is helpful.

The successful applicant will be team oriented, a fast learner, positive and have a strong commitment to community, the environment and excellence in general. We offer competitive pay and a full benefit package. We are a drug free environment and equal opportunity employer. Visit our website at www.chrisking.com.

How to Apply
Please furnish a letter of interest and resume by e-mail jobs@chrisking.com (no attachments accepted).

Job: Wheel Builder – Chris King Precision Components – FILLED

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

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Job Title
Wheel Builder

Company/Organization
Chris King Precision Components

Job Description
Chris King Precision Components™, manufacturer of bicycle components and Cielo bicycle frames, is seeking qualified applicants for an in-house Wheel Builder.
Qualified Applicants will posses an excellent mechanical aptitude. Must be able to demonstrate an understanding of wheel building, with 1-2 years of bike mechanic experience including wheel truing and building. Must meet deadline goals, strong attention to detail, and superior organization skills. Ability to multi-task and trouble shoot daily is required. Must be able to work independently and under supervision. Must work with basic mathematical concepts, read and interpret measuring equipment.

The successful applicant will be team oriented, eager to learn, enthusiastic & have a strong commitment to community, the environment & excellence in general.

How to Apply
Please furnish letter of interest & resume by e-mail to jobs@chrisking.com (No attachments accepted). A drug free environment & EOE. Visit our website at www.chrisking.com.

PBOT to install warning sign at narrow Interstate Ave overpass

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
New warnings signs are coming to the Larrabee overpass bridge over N Interstate Ave.
(Photo/mock-up by J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation plans to use warnings signs to address a safety problem on N Interstate Avenue.

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Portland Police will target bicycling on downtown sidewalks

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
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Sidewalk rider.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Portland Police Bureau plans to raise awareness of illegal sidewalk bicycling downtown on Thursday.

A statement released by the PPB today called the initiative a “Sidewalk Awareness and Enforcement Effort for Bicycle Riders and Skateboarders.” The action is scheduled for 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm and will focus specifically on sidewalks between West Burnside and SW Yamhill between 5th and 6th.

“During the Summer months,” reads the statement, “Downtown Portland sidewalks become very congested and collisions between pedestrians and those riding bicycles or skateboards become more likely.”

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Bikeway in name only? Clinton Street’s heavy traffic prompts calls for diverters

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
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Traffic on SE Clinton Tuesday evening.
(Photos: M.Andersen and J.Maus/BikePortland)

It was this March that Brian Sysfail, a regular user of Clinton Street, decided that if nothing else was going to get in the way of through-traffic on the Clinton Street neighborhood greenway, he was.

“Don’t like the increase in traffic on Clinton during rush hour and especially drivers cutting through neighborhoods?” he asked in a Facebook invitation to 278 people. “Neither do a lot of cyclists and pedestrians. So how about we all ride bikes together as a group after work on Friday.”

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